Recession fears, immigration rules and ‘electability’

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U.S. President Donald Trump pats his bicep and pumps his fist at the end of his rally with supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S. August 15, 2019. Photo credit: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

It was a wild week in the financial markets, driven by increasing worries about the global economy. President Trump delayed some tariffs on China so they won’t affect the holiday shopping season — an implicit admission that his trade policy is hurting the economy and his political standing. 

Plus: visas for Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to visit Israel are denied, and the panel discusses the “electability” narrative around the women in the 2020 Democratic field. A new immigration rule from the Trump administration that could make it a lot harder to get a green card, especially if you’re poor. Randy Capps from the Migration Policy Institute talks the panel through the numbers and whether the rule is even legal.

Then Michael C. Davis discusses the risks in Hong Kong that could escalate the crisis in the United States’ relationship to China.



  • Michael C. Davis - Global fellow at the Wilson Center and a senior research scholar at the Weatherhead East Asia Institute at Columbia University
  • Randy Capps - Research director at the Migration Policy Institute - @MigrationPolicy


Sara Fay